English Major with Creative Writing Concentration

For students who entered UM between Fall 2007 and Summer 2012

Requirements

1. Admission to the Creative Writing Concentration

2. Completion of one of the following workshop tracks:

Fiction Track
  ENG 290 3 credits
  ENG 390 3 credits
  ENG 404 (to be taken twice) OR
ENG 404 (taken once) plus ENG 408
6 credits
Poetry Track
  ENG 292 3 credits
  ENG 392 3 credits
  ENG 406 (to be taken twice) OR
ENG 406 (taken once) plus ENG 408
6 credits
3. Two (2) of the following courses:
  ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 210, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 213, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 260, ENG 261 6 credits
4. Four (4) more literature courses numbered 300 or higher, at least two of which must cover literature earlier than 1900. Two of the four courses must be 400-level. 12 credits
 
TOTAL CREDITS: 30 credits

 

Workshops must be taken one at a time and in sequence.

Departmental Honors in Creative Writing

To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses (including courses in creative writing) and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Creative Writing Concentration, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

  1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling requirement 4 of the Creative Writing Concentration.
  2. Complete a six-credit Senior Creative Writing Project. The student undertaking this project normally registers for ENG 497, Special Topics/ Independent Study, for the first semester of the project, and ENG 499, Senior Creative Writing Project, for the second semester. The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses in order to qualify for honors.6 credits
  3. Receive for the project a recommendation for honors by the director of the Senior Creative Writing Project and by one other faculty reader designated by the Director of Creative Writing.
  4. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average of at least 3.3. Total: 36 credits





English Minor with Creative Writing Concentration

Students may declare the minor in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing through their College. Submitting materials to the Creative Writing Program is not required for the minor. The student completes, with a grade of C- or better in each course and with an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0, at least 15 credits at the 200-level or above beyond the credits earned for freshman composition.

The 15 credits must be distributed as follows:

  1. Introduction to Creative Writing ENG209;
  2. One literature course at the 200 level, excluding ENG210
  3. Beginning Cross-Genre workshop non-majors ENG219;
  4. Intermediate Cross-Genre for non-majors ENG391.
  5. One literature course at the 300 or above level.

 

ENG209 Introduction to Creative Writing

3 credits Fall & Spring Semester & First & Second Summer Session
Analysis and writing of short stories, poems and a third genre. Cannot be taken for credit only.
PREREQUISITE: ENG 105 OR EQUIVALENT. CANNOT BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT ONLY.

ENG219 Beginning Cross-Genre Workshop

3 credits Fall & Spring Semester
This multi-genre workshop will focus on developing practical issues of craft and technique presented in ENG 209 with a particular emphasis on form and narrative. Classes will feature writing exercises and discussions of both student work and readings from contemporary fiction, poetry and a third genre (e.g., playwriting or nonfiction). Original work (such as a cycle of poems or prose poems, a full length short story, essay, or play) will be submitted and revised in a workshop environment and collected in a final portfolio of 30 pages at semester's end. A short introduction to the portfolio and a personal evaluation is also due at that time.
PREREQUISITE: ENG 106 OR EQUIVALENT and ENG209

ENG391 Intermediate Cross-Genre Workshop

3 credits Fall & Spring Semester
This multi-genre workshop will focus on developing practical issues of craft and technique presented in ENG 219 with a particular emphasis on exploring point of view in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 12-30 pages of original creative work (such as a cycle of poems, a full length short story, or a personal essay) will be submitted and revised in a workshop environment. In addition, the student will submit a final project in the form of a short essay (10-12 pages) on a topic relevant to his/her individual writing interests and challenges. Topics may include an element of craft (such as balancing story with flashback), a narrative strategy (such as the unreliable narrator), a particular poetic structure or style (such as the evolution of the sonnet in contemporary poetry) or an exploration of a particular writer, group of writers, or writing school. A bibliography is required. Essays will be written and revised in tandem with creative work. Both will be submitted at the end of the semester, along with a self-evaluation, in the form of a final portfolio.
PREREQUISITE: ENG 219